Program Director Spotlight: Megan Landry, BSN, MHA – Health Informatics
Megan Landry, BSN, MHA, was the former Program Director for the Graduate Programs in Health Informatics at UNE Online. To start off, let’s define health informatics.
What is Health Informatics?
Former Program Manager Megan Landry explains.
Megan Landry, B.S.N., M.H.A.-Informatics formerly directed the Health Informatics programs at UNE Online. The early years of Megan’s career were spent in healthcare. As a nurse, she was responsible for both the direct care of patients and the management of their health information. Over the years, Landry developed a passion for the efficient use of health information technology to improve quality of care.
“I quickly saw how technology could both improve safety and health outcomes for patients,” she said. But in the same breath, she added, “I also saw how poorly designed and implemented technology could cause safety and quality challenges.” And so she has dedicated much of her career, in both provider and academic settings, to seeing that health IT is developed, implemented, and managed, in a way that optimizes patient data and improves outcomes.
“Like in any industry, you can’t just slap a piece of technology on top of a problem and hope it works. You have to be thoughtful and ensure that technology will be effective.”
As an educator, Landry ensured that UNE Online’s students gain necessary skills like database design and critical thinking. But she also paid keen attention to weaving the topics of consumer informatics, healthcare quality, health disruption, and innovation into the student curriculum.
“First off, we’re all healthcare consumers and have a vested interest in providing high-quality education to those building and managing our health information systems. And secondly,” she states,
“We need to be disruptive if we’re going to move in the healthcare industry.”
Landry feels strongly about educating the next generation of health informatics professionals. She feels that it is important that students are field-ready and skilled in data analysis, data visualization, and SQL system configuration. But more importantly, she wants graduates of the UNE Online Health Informatics program to be able to apply futuristic and out-of-the-box thinking to the problems in today’s ever-evolving healthcare environment.
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